Embracing My Inner-Merlin
I've realized over the years that I would not be a very good practicing Christian. Nor for that matter would I be a sterling example of a practicing Druid, Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist or any other ISM or IST. My problem comes in making the effort to embrace that which I cannot see. Faith, to specific.
This isn't to say I don't touch the "Mystic" now and again. Rather, my own moments of embracing the Mystic happened to be almost always connected to people. I can't see love or intimacy or desire; but I know it exists. (I know what you are thinking—but let's move on anyway.)
This is not a lead up to announcing a conversion experience or public expression of a new love or a particularly transforming moment of intimacy. It's a lead up to talking about The Philip Stein "Wine Wand".
To quote from the little bejeweled tool's promotional material, "The Philip Stein® Wine
Wand is a breakthrough device that uses
natural energy to aerate wine, enhancing
flavors and aroma almost instantly."
"The elegant wand with encapsulated glass jewels uses natural frequencies to
perfectly aerate wine. By inserting the wand into a wine bottle/decanter for 5
minutes, or in a glass for 2 or 3 minutes, the Philip Stein® Wine Wand releases
the wine’s natural aromas and flavors to achieve their full potential while not
changing the taste you love.
The makers also refer to this little implement at "mysterious"…and indeed it is.
Accepting this kind of thing strikes me as having to embrace my inner Merlin; as magic; Hocus Pocus.
I'm not opposed to Hocus Pocus. And I've always thought possessing magical powers might be pretty convenient assuming it came with no obligation to purchase cauldrons, expensive implements or inappropriate costumes. Nevertheless, I'm not one to pursue my inner hocus pocus. So this is why I was very skeptical of the "Wine Wand" when it was sent to me to try. Being opened minded and appreciative of the Wine Wand's efforts to reach out to me, I gave this new Wand a try. Luckily there are instructions.
"Pour a small amount of wine from a
freshly opened bottle into two identical
glasses, placing them several feet apart
on a non-conductive surface (not glass
or metal). Place the wand into one
glass, wait 2 to 3 minutes and taste the
difference! The difference is most significant with a
freshly opened bottle since the aeration
process starts the moment you open it."
What bothered me most about this Philip Stein Wine Wand was that it seemed to work. The
difference between the two glasses of young Australian Syrah I tested it with were pretty easy to detect. The non-hocus pocus glass glass, tasted upon pouring, was more closed and tight than the Magic Glass where the Wine Wand sat for a few minutes. The Magic Syrah was fleshier, more aromatic and even somewhat tastier.
But I'm still at a loss. what was it about the long glass tube, the glass jewels in the elegant little tube and its moment of stillness in the glass that created the Magic Syrah? I don't' know. I don't know what mystical (or natural) force to attribute this to. I don't know what "natural energy" is or how it accomplished this transformation.
This idea that "It works, but I don't know how and don't know why" is the sort of claim I've heard or read about in relation to many other things in my life. And it has always been policy to accept the claim, give the practice under consideration a try, then generally move on when my world is not rocked or even nudged the way it was claimed it was going to be. Hence my youthful and singular invovlement with Magic Mushrooms that were supposed to allow me to "float above your body and see reality the way it is, dude" according to a dorm-mate at Humboldt State University in 1985.
The Philip Stein Wine Wand is not for the faint of heart. It comes with a beautiful little leather pouch made of alligator, python or crocodile for a price of $325. Or you can obtain the authentic Black Carbon Fiber version that retails for $425.